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Radia headhunted the right policy-influencers
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Radia headhunted the right policy-influencers

What is the key to Radia's success as a lobbyist? According to RK Anand, who has written a book on her, she had exceptional headhunting skills. She knew just who had to be recruited from retiring bureaucrats and corporate sector executives to be able to influence policy

An inside look at the life and loves of Niira Radia
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An inside look at the life and loves of Niira Radia

Niira Radia, a key figure in the 2G spectrum scam and a lobbyist for top businessmen like Ratan Tata and Mukesh Ambani lived a colourful life. Starting life with a string of failures, she hit the big time only when she set up shop in India. Here's her story as told by criminal lawyer RK Anand, who has watched her at close quarters.

How Niira Radia cosied up to BJP's Ananth Kumar
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How Niira Radia cosied up to BJP's Ananth Kumar

Niira Radia's first major break into the power circle was BJP's Ananth Kumar, a rookie minister with very little understanding of aviation though he was the aviation minister. Radia got close to him and swung the Airbus deal.

Niira ditches the man who knew too much about her
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Niira ditches the man who knew too much about her

Niira Radia, says RK Anand in his book on her, used a former Sahara executive for her initial gameplan. Once she got close to BJP leader Ananth Kumar, who was Civil Aviation Minister under Vajpayee, the Sahara executive became a liability. She ditched him and allegedly got him into jail on a spurious charge.